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freenas II - bargin/new & spare parts 3.6Tb raidz2

by talby


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was lucky to score an old Dell PE2950 that was dead - but the HDDs were all good 6x1tb c:

Combined with other parts on sale was able to complete my second storage server that will replace my old freenas 1.5Tb (6 x 400g raidz2) as soon as I migrate the data.

originally I used nas4free when I first built it, then the latest freenas release started supporting HDD encryption - so convenient if years from now I give a hdd away none of my data will be easily accessible. Very nice feature.

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Destrokk 2 Builds 6 points 53 months ago

I want to say "Good luck with those Hitachi Death Stars," but I've been using one of mine for almost 10 years now.

Very nice find.

edman545 10 Builds 6 points 53 months ago

Raid Z2 also, so even if two of them get blown up by a single torpedo from an x-wing it will not hamper his ability to take out planets... or read his data.

talby submitter 10 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

they are ultra(death)stars lol... I was a bit worried they would run hot, the dell's 60mm fans sound like a tornado... Moving the fan from the rear to the top/front and adding the 2nd fan on the bottom/front keeps them cool ,they report 29c/30c idle when I fired up the nas4free USB stick.

I expected it to be quiet, but was really surprised - it's near silent, very pleased with the results.

NeoKorean 1 Build 3 points 53 months ago

damn thats a lot of ****

bgiunt4 4 points 53 months ago

overused comment but yeah.. yeah it is. :P

talby submitter 10 Builds 4 points 53 months ago

yes, I blame my 24" 1080p monitor - everything is HD now, to the joy of storage vendors worldwide... c:

NUclearD3 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

For all those drives it's a very good job with the cable management.

talby submitter 10 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

thanks, it was worth the extra time to tuck all the unused cables out of the way. The Antec ACG has 2 sata power cables w/ 3 connectors each, so it's perfect for the task - I had to post the pic w/o the data cables it looks like an AC voltage vs current waveform that is 180° out of phase lol

Enlyten 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

Holy storage.

Smily 1 point 53 months ago

520W psu?

talby submitter 10 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

yea my old storage build uses the ACG 400w, I may swap it out once the migration is done. The 520w was a killer deal from Amazon, $55 w/ free shipping at the time.

Smily 1 point 53 months ago

Ah, okay. That's what I thought.

lenoz 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Yeah, it's in the part list: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V

Hope that helps.

Smily 1 point 53 months ago

I can see that. 520W is overkill for this computer. Wondering if he got a deal on it.

Herobrine 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Brand name, efficient, single 12V rail with headroom to spare for more drives. Perfect for a NAS- at least if you are planning 10-12 drives or more in the long run.

sketch24 9 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

You should try to consolidate your 6 1TB into like 2 3TB or 2 4TB drives.

talby submitter 10 Builds 3 points 53 months ago

I know what you are saying, yes that would be more cost-effective however I got the drives for free out of a discarded server. Plus raidz2 / zfs gives high resiliency and really good performance the more disks you have in the array.

Luxzin 0 points 51 months ago

You have no fans, sir.

talby submitter 10 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

hard to see, I remove the fan from the rear and put it in the front/top. The other is front/bottom, they are the only 2 in there.

I decided to go w/ freenas since the new release supports GELI full-disk encryption, not having them would have been a disaster - there were 6 processes of "dd" running /dev/urandom for nearly 30 hours, all cores and all hdd's were running full tilt, the entire room got warm that night lol.

FalsePretense27 -2 points 49 months ago

I like your **** collection bro

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